Football: Barking & Dagenham girls on cloud nine
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 February 2018
Barking & Dagenham’s under-11 girls moved to the top of the London League after an emphatic 9-0 win over Brent.
Holly Anderson, Ellie Mai Morgan and Emily Brown all bagged braces, as Grace Young, Kayla Grain and Miquellah Meade added their names to the scoresheet in a dominant display.
Barking & Dagenham had already had seven efforts on goal and hit the woodwork twice when they took the lead in the ninth minute as Brown’s pinpoint pass picked out Anderson on the edge of the box to control and score.
Grace Young made it 2-0 with a shot into the top corner, after seeing two early shots saved, and Grain got her first district goal with a deflected effort.
Morgan made it 4-0 at the interval with an opportunist effort and a formation change for the second half saw Grain and Brown attack as wing-backs and Ianna Msekwa on her own in defence.
Both runners had license to press forward and the move paid dividends as Grain played in Morgan, who then centred for Anderson to finish calmly for her fifth goal of the campaign.
Brown was afforded similar space soon after, cutting in from the left and advancing forward before driving home from outside the box.
And Grain, Brown and Young had multiple attempts to add to the scoreline before a seventh finally came courtesy of Brown’s deflected strike from 20 yards.
The captain’s ninth goal of the season equalled her total from 2017 amd Grace Young’s quick throw-in found debutant Ella Turner in space to set up Morgan for 8-0.
The scoring was completed when, from a similar position, Anderson chased a loose ball towards the corner, composed herself and fired in a centre which Meade toe-poked home. as Barking & Dagenham once again sent an emphatic warning to other district sides across the capital.
Barking & Dagenham: Emily Brown (Godwin); Kayla Grain (Richard Alibon); Miquelleh Meade (Henry Green); Ellie Mai Morgan (Henry Green); Ianna Msekwa (George Carey); Maria Omotayo (Roding); Grace Young (Hunters Hall); Holly Anderson (Grafton); Ella Turner (Valence).